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Water Saver

I finally decided to buy a water saver faucet tonight on a whim while I was looking around the bathroom area at Walmart, and found one for three dollars that was supposed to put out 2.5 gallons a minute. That sounded like a lot, but I remembered all the times I showered at hotels and other people's houses and how my shower always seemed like a higher pressure than that. There was another for 1.5 gallons per minute, but I thought I'd try the 2.5 first.

When I got home, I tested it out with a bucket, and our current shower head put out 9 quarts in 30 seconds (which comes out to 4.5 gallons per minute). Well, I didn't want to take the manufacturer's word for it, and I had the bucket and the stopwatch, so I threw on the new one and tested it. 5 quarts in 30 seconds (2.5 gallons per minute). Just as advertised.

This means that for every 10-minute shower, we'll be saving 20 gallons of water. That's close to 40 gallons per day, or 1200 gallons per month! That'll cut down our water bill, not to mention the electricity to heat less water in the winter. This thing will pay for itself in less than a month.

And maybe we won't run out of hot water in the winter anymore.

All this water talk is making me thirsty.


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Jul. 29th, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
ooh, you should come and see Urinetown this weekend. It's an entire show about water conservation. It's the musical for people who hate musicals.
Jul. 30th, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
Cool!! I looked at the water savers in the store the other day and wondered if they actually worked. I'm interested to know how the device affects the water pressure. I'm all for saving water, but if it means showering with a drizzle, I'm so not into it.
Jul. 30th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
I think I will have to get used to it, but almost every other place I shower is more like this, so you might already have one with lower flow and not know it.
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